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In today’s news: The eight semi-finalists selected for the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition (CWPC) have been announced and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Rebecca Tong as its new junior fellow in conducting, a role commencing in September. Also, San Diego Symphony taps Rafael Payare as Music Director and the Austrian music magazine (ÖMZ) will cease publication.

International Piano

Inaugural Wadsworth Piano Competition semi-finalists announced

The eight semi-finalists selected for the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition (CWPC) have been announced.

Music Teacher

RNCM appoints Rebecca Tong as junior conducting fellow

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Rebecca Tong as its new junior fellow in conducting, a role commencing in September.

Classic FM

Why do orchestras have so many violins?

We’re so used to seeing a symphony orchestra packed with violinists that we don’t even think to question it anymore. But have orchestras always had so many violins? And why do they need them?

Music Business Worldwide

What the Grammys must learn from the Brits: when you make a mistake, don’t dawdle – fix it

It’s been just over two weeks since the US music business’s biggest night, The Grammys, took place in New York City. The subsequent period has been soundtracked by aggrieved voices making their annoyance felt over the event’s myriad failures.

NPR Music

Classical Music’s Greatest Love Stories, On And Offstage

“The thing about fictional love stories in music is that, especially in opera, most of them end very badly, you know, with the lovers singing heartrending arias just before they die,” says Miles Hoffman, The American Chamber Players founder and violinist and professor at the Schwob School of Music. “But in real life, there have been tons of musical couples who’ve fallen in love and lived happily ever after — or at least happily for a long while.”

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San Diego Symphony taps Rafael Payare as Music Director

The San Diego Symphony today announced that Rafael Payare will become the orchestra’s next an 13th Music Director. Payare will begin a four-year contract immediately, serving as Music Director Designate for the first year, and begin the role of Music Director on July 1, 2019.

Klassik.com

Österreichische Musikzeitschrift wird eingestell

Die Österreichische Musikzeitschrift (ÖMZ) wird zum Ende des laufenden Monats eingestellt. Das Fachmagazin für Musik hatte sich über Jahrzehnte einen festen Platz in der Landschaft musikwissenschaftlicher und musikjournalistischer Periodika gesichert.

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Gewerkschaften: Theater und Orchester auf Dauer sichern

Zur Zukunftssicherung der Theater und Orchester in Schleswig-Holstein haben Arbeitnehmervertreter und Gewerkschaften eine stärkere politische und finanzielle Unterstützung angemahnt.

Musik Heute

Maifestspiele Wiesbaden mit “Traum voll Lust und Freude”

Die Internationalen Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden starten in diesem Jahr mit der Oper “Ein Maskenball” von Giuseppe Verdi ihr Programm. Das Festival läuft vom 30. April bis Ende Mai und steht unter dem Motto “Ein Traum voll Lust und Freude”, wie das Staatstheater am Dienstag mitteilte.

Platea Magazine

El Teatro Real de Madrid sube a escena “Street Scene” de Kurt Weill

Cinco primeras funciones, del 13 al 18 de febrero, darán lugar al estreno en el Teatro Real de Street Scene, ópera de Kurt Weill, para repetirse más tarde en otras cinco funciones desde el 26 de mayo al 1 de junio.

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NCEM @yorkearlymusic: Young composers, only 3 days left to register for the 2018 NCEM Young Composers Award with and . Performance Don’t miss it! Deadline Friday 16 February

Image: Rebecca Tong © Rhinegold Publishing

(Written on February 14, 2018 )

In today’s news: Lutosławski Cello Competition enters its final stage, Madison Square Garden announces a new venue in London, more younger people prefer classical music. Also, composer Johann Johannsson dies at 48 and Sylvain Cambreling is the new chief conductor of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

Classical Music

LSO announces Panufnik Composers intake for 2018

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced the six individuals selected for its Panufnik Composers Scheme 2018.

The Strad

Lutosławski Cello Competition heads into finals

The Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition has entered its final stage with four musicians under the age of 24: Chen Yibai (China), Herbert Oliver (USA), Sato Haruma (Japan) and Ueno Michiaki (Japan).

M Magazine

Under-25s are switching on to classical music, new figures show

The figures, which cover mid-September to mid-December 2017, show that listeners tuned into the station for 40 million hours every week.

Music Business Worldwide

Madison Square Garden company to take on O2 arena in London with new venue

The Madison Square Garden Company has confirmed that it is building a ‘large-scale, state-of-the-art, music and entertainment venue’ in the East End of London.

Forbes

Can The Apple HomePod Ignite A New Hi-Fi Era?

The initial reports are in and virtually everyone agrees that the Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is one fine-sounding unit that handily beats the competition in the sound quality category.

Spiegel Online

Johann Johannsson tot in Berliner Wohnung gefunden

Er war einer der vielversprechendsten Filmmusikmacher Hollywoods: Der Komponist Johann Johannsson ist mit 48 Jahren gestorben.

Klassik Heute

Die Symphoniker Hamburg – Laeiszhalle Orchester geben bekannt, dass Sylvain Cambreling zur Spielzeit 2018/19 Chefdirigent des Orchesters werden wird. Er folgt auf Sir Jeffrey Tate, der am 2. Juni 2017 verstarb.

Klassik.com

Der Mozartwettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum 13. Mal an der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg ausgetragen wird, hat in der Sparte Streichquartett die Gewinner gekürt. Den mit 20.000 Euro dotierten ersten Preis erhielt das französische Quatuor Tchalik.

El País

Ferran Cruixent da vida orquestal a los teléfonos en ‘Deus ex machina’

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La finale de la 4e édition du concours de chant lyrique Voix Nouvelles s’est tenue le samedi 10 février à l’Opéra-Comique à Paris. C’est la soprano Hélène Carpentier, originaire d’Amiens, qui a été désignée grande lauréate de la compétition.

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  in 1894 Death in of German and conductor Hans Von

Image: Jóhann Jóhannsson © Jónatan Grétarsson/DG

(Written on February 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: The University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds piano, Steven Grahl appointed as new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, musical instruments in art, Apple Music to overtake Spotify, Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose extra booking fee for musical instruments on board flights, Caramoor Festival takes a contemporary turn, the relationship between music and sparking creativity, representatives of the Hamburg music industry in discussion with representatives of federal politics, Martha Argerich cancels American tour, the globalising of church music, Haitink announces concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker.

The Times

Musical instruments in art, chosen by Marin Alsop, conductor

Music, although we rarely think of it as such, is the most abstract of art forms. That is why I love it. Where words can be confining in their literalness, music is flexible, malleable, adaptable: the same notes can be interpreted differently by every individual.

Classical Music

University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds Piano

The University of Leeds has renewed its partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, extending its financial support and ensuring that international audiences will be able to experience performances live and on-demand via medici.tv.

Choir and Organ

Steven Grahl to replace Stephen Darlington at Christ Church

Steven Grahl has been appointed as the new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He will take up the office in September 2018, replacing Professor Stephen Darlington, who is retiring after 32 years.

The Strad

SAS now charging $60 cello booking fee on top of extra seat price, complains cellist

Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose telephone booking charge, despite not offering an online booking option for cellos.

Business Insider UK

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify in the US

Apple Music has been growing faster than Spotify in the US, and as a result it might overtake the leading music streaming service later this year.

TES

‘Music is an invaluable resource when it comes to children’s mental health – and yet it’s under attack’

Music sparks creativity, taps into emotions and helps young people to understand their own being, says one musician – it has a powerful ability to help children stay mentally healthy.

The New York Times

The Caramoor Festival Takes a Contemporary Turn

Change is in the air at Caramoor, the summer music festival in Westchester, which said on Monday that its coming season would move both forward and backward in time — giving new prominence to 21st-century composers while replacing its respected bel canto opera offerings with earlier operas from the Classical and Baroque periods.

Kulturport

Vertreter der Hamburger Musikwirtschaft im Dialog mit der Bundespolitik

Auf Einladung der Hamburger Landesvertretung in Berlin und der Interessengemeinschaft Hamburger Musikwirtschaft e.V. (IHM) reisten in der vergangenen Woche rund 50 VertreterInnen der Hamburger Musikbranche in die Bundeshauptstadt, um mit Vertretern der Bundespolitik zu sprechen und sich mit Berliner KollegInnen auszutauschen und zu vernetzen.

Musik Heute

Haitink sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Der niederländische Dirigent Bernard Haitink kann in dieser Woche nicht mit den Berliner Philharmonikern auftreten. Der 88-Jährige habe aus gesundheitlichen Gründen kurzfristig abgesagt, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

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Kirchenmusik globalisiert sich

Der evangelische Missionsverbund hat den thematischen Schwerpunkt „Dance – Music – Arts“. In diesem Rahmen und mit Unterstützung der Evangelische Pop-Akademie wird nun der musikalische Austausch internationalisiert.

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Martha Argerich annule sa tournée américaine

Martha Argerich devait effectuer une tournée aux Etats-Unis en mars 2018 avec le violoniste Itzhak Perlman. En raison de problèmes familiaux et de santé, elle ne pourra pas tenir ses engagements.

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  in 1851 FP of ‘s Third Symphony Rhenish in Dusseldorf.

Image: Adrien Brody in The Pianist (2002) © AP

(Written on February 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Joanna Marsh explains her new composition, John Copley fired for ‘inappropriate behaviour’, Sheku Kanneh-Mason becomes this year’s best-selling British debut artist. Also, Sonja Reuter wins the Richard Wagner Award for young talent and costumes sale at the Dutch National Opera. 

The Guardian

Warrior woman: my cantata for suffragette Emily Davison

How do you give voice to the first suffragette martyr? Composer Joanna Marsh explains how her new composition took shape.

The Telegraph

Britain’s leading Opera director John Copley sacked after making ‘sexually inappropriate’ joke about naked ghost

Britain’s leading opera director John Copley has been sacked from his job at the New York Metropolitan Opera after what his supporters claim was a misunderstanding about a “naked” ghost.

Classical Music

Applications open for Haydn Competition

The International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Aria 2018 will take place at Rohrau, the birthplace of the brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn, to commemorate the anniversary of Joseph Haydn’s death.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason makes chart history

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has become this year’s best-selling British debut artist – across all genres – to enter the Top 20 in the Official UK Albums Chart with his album Inspiration.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music has topped 36m subscribers worldwide, adding 6m in under five months

Apple Music’s paying subscriber base has surpassed 36m worldwide – a figure which remains about half the size of Spotify’s equivalent premium audience.

The New York Times

4,000 Opera Costumes. One Giant Fantasy Sale. 

What’s an opera house to do when it runs out of closet space? Let the public (and wallets and purses) in.

FAZ

„Eine Atmosphäre der Angst“

Sechzig Schauspieler des Burgtheaters haben ihrem ehemaligen Intendanten Matthias Hartmann einen menschenverachtenden Führungsstil attestiert. Was folgt aus solchen Vorwürfen?

Klassik.com

Richard-Wagner-Nachwuchspreis für Sopranistin Sonja Reuter

Die Sopranistin Sonja Reuter hat den diesjährigen Richard-Wagner-Nachwuchspreis gewonnen.

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Recording Academy prüft „Hürden und Vorurteile“ gegen Musikerinnen

Die für die Grammys zuständige Recording Academy will Hürden und Vorurteile gegenüber Frauen in der Musikindustrie untersuchen.

Platea Magazine

Fallece el director de escena Gustavo Tambascio 

Según informan fuentes allegadas, el director de escena Gustavo Tambascio (Buenos Aires, 1948) ha fallecido esta noche, posiblemente a causa de un infarto.

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Image: Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges/Classical Music

(Written on February 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sony Classical signs new guitarist, ISM announces sexual harassment and discrimination webinars and Nevill Holt Opera announces new orchestral partnerships. Also, Music industry urges new EU presidency to support safe harbour reform and over 600.000 people visited the Vienna State Opera in season 2016/2017.

Gramophone

Sony Classical signs new guitarist

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas’ first disc on the label will be a song album with Plácido Domingo.

Classical Music

Wigmore Hall reveals 2018/19 season

2018/19 will comprise nearly 500 concerts across a range of genres.

ISM announces sexual harassment and discrimination webinars

The Incorporated Society of Musicians will host two free webinars to help those working in music and the wider arts sector.

Nevill Holt Opera announces new orchestral partnerships

The company will be partnering with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia.

Complete Music Update

Music industry urges new EU presidency to support safe harbour reform

Bulgaria has recently taken on the presidency of the European Union so will be leading the EU Council as the safe harbour reforming copyright directive goes through its final stages.

The New York Times

‘O Canada’ Will Become Gender Neutral With New Lyrics

It’s just two lyrics. But it took decades to change them.

nmz

BVMI begrüßt Urteil wegen Urheberrechtsverletzung: Auftraggeber illegaler Tonträger zu mehreren Jahren Haft verurteilt

Die große Strafkammer des Landgerichts Stuttgart hat den 61-Jährigen Angeklagten in der vergangenen Woche wegen gewerbsmäßiger Urheberrechtsverletzungen zu einer Haftstrafe von 5 ½ Jahren verurteilt.

Klassik.com

Bratscher verklagt Royal Opera House wegen Gehörleiden

Bratschist Christopher Goldscheider klagt gegen das Royal Oper House Covent Garden in London. Der Musiker fordert von dem Theater Schmerzensgeld in Höhe von 750.000 Britischen Pfund.

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Wiener Staatsoper zählte 2016/17 über 600.000 Besucher

Brillante Zahlen hat die Wiener Staatsoper hat ihrem Geschäftsbericht der Saison 2016/2017 stehen.

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François-Xavier Roth nommé artiste associé à la Philharmonie de Paris

Le chef d’orchestre François-Xavier Roth vient d’être nommé « artiste associé » à la Philharmonie de Paris. Un statut inédit qui vient récompenser son engagement musical et son goût pour la transmission sous toutes ses formes.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1795 FP of Joseph ‘s Symphony No. 102 in B.

Image: Royal Opera House Covent Garden © Yair Haklai unter CC BY-SA 3.0

(Written on February 2, 2018 )

In today’s news: Things we learnt at the Grammy awards, Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans and David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc. Also, the financing of the European Union Youth Orchestra is guaranteed until 2020 and composer Hans Abrahamse was honoured with the Léonie Sonning music award.

The Times

Things we learnt at the Grammy awards

From the demotion of Bono and the death of rock music to Jay-Z’s anointing as Potus-elect: Ed Potton reports on Sunday night’s bonanza.

The Stage

‘90% of players in West End orchestras are men’ – Musicians’ Union

Just one in nine players in West End orchestra pits are women, according to figures from the Musicians’ Union.

Classical Music

Exit Live launches platform for selling concert recordings

Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans.

Robert Rattray dies aged 67

The world of singing is in mourning for Robert Rattray, one of the outstanding vocal artist managers of modern times.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc

After announcing on Sunday that a series of five upcoming recitals were to be cancelled, David Garrett has today also pulled out of all concerts in February, including a tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Forbes

Spotify Starts Testing A Separate Music Station App

Spotify, the popular streaming music service that has over 70 million paying subscribers and 140 million active users, is now testing an app on Android called Stations as first noticed by app analytics service Sensor Tower.

The New York Times

Met Opera Fires Stage Director, Citing ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

The Metropolitan Opera fired the veteran British stage director John Copley this week after receiving a complaint about what the company described as “inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room.”

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EU sichert Finanzierung für Jugendorchester bis 2020

Junge Musiker aus allen EU-Ländern können weiter zusammen in dem prestigeträchtigen Europäischen Jugendorchester spielen. Der Rat der Europäischen Union bestätigte am Mittwoch einen Beschluss des Europäischen Parlaments zur Fortführung des Orchesters.

Klassik.com

Arbeitsgericht: Befristete Verträge für Bühnenarbeiter nicht rechten

Drei Bühnentechniker, die vor dem Freiburger Landesarbeitsgericht gegen die Befristung ihrer Arbeitsverträge durch das Theater Freiburg geklagt hatten, haben Recht bekommen.

Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 für Komponist Hans Abrahamse

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen wird den Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 erhalten. Die mit 100.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung gehört zu den bedeutendsten Musikauszeichnungen in Skandinavien und wird von der gleichnamigen Stiftung verliehen.

Musik Heute

Spielfilm über blinde Pianistin “besonders wertvoll”

Der Spielfilm “Licht” über die blinde Pianistin Maria Theresia Paradis hat von der Deutschen Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) das Prädikat “besonders wertvoll” erhalten.

Platea Magazine

El INAEM acumula casi treinta condenas por abusar de los contratos temporales

Según recoge hoy la Cadena SER, casi una treintena de sentencias dictadas en los dos últimos años pondrían en cuestión la política de contratación del INAEM (Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas), al haber abusado de la contratación temporal de bailarines, cantantes, técnicos y sastres.

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Meet Me At The Opera @MMATOpera: Dear Philip Glass ! Happy Birthday! Happy composing, happy performing . Phillip Glass- a music treasure:

Image: © Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(Written on February 1, 2018 )

In today’s news: Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony, The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced and The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report. The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet, Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up” and Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016. Also, Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch speaks to the German Bundestag and composer John Morris passed away.

Guardian

Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony

The long-discussed adaptation of the late singer’s 1979 album Lodger will premiere at the Southbank Centre in May 2019.

Opera Now

Finalists for 2018 International Opera Awards revealed

The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced.

Music Teacher

Rock magazines join forces to celebrate women

Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog magazines – and their online platform  TeamRock.com – are joining forces to celebrate women in rock, metal and progressive music.

Royal Albert Hall announces technology partnership

The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee supports flexible travel for creative industries post-Brexit

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report.

Pitchfork

Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up”

“Regrettably, I used two words, ‘step up,’ that, when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make”.

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Daniel Harding will not renew his contract in Paris

Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016.

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Deutsche Grammophon und IDAGIO beginnen Partnerschaft

Die Deutsche Grammophon, das älteste Klassiklabel der Welt, und IDAGIO, ein führender und in mehr als 70 Ländern verfügbarer Streaming-Service für klassische Musik, haben heute die Vereinbarung einer umfangreichen Partnerschaft bekanntgegeben.

Klassik.com

Niedrige Zinsen: Götz-Friedrich-Preis in finanziellen Nöten

Zukünftig wird aufgrund der anhaltenden Niedrigzins-Phase nicht mehr die Stiftung des Regisseurs Götz Friedrich den Preis vergeben; stattdessen wird der Preis in die Hände der Deutschsprachigen Opernkonferenz gelegt.

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Die Cellistin Anita Lasker-Wallfisch redet im Bundestag

Als die 17-jährige Anita Lasker im Dezember 1943 ins Vernichtungslager Auschwitz kam, rettete das Cello ihr Leben: Das Mädchenorchester brauchte noch eine Cellistin, und deshalb entging Anita der Todeskammer.

Repubblica

È morto John Morris, addio al musicista preferito da Mel Brooks nominato per l’Oscar

Il compositore statunitense firmò anche le musiche di ‘The Elephant Man’ e ‘La signora in rosso’

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Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics: Franz Schubert became one of the world’s most frequently performed composers. Being not quite five feet tall earned him the Austrian nickname “Schwammerl”. Today, we celebrate “The little mushroom’s” day of birth listening to his song cycles:

Image: David Bowie & Philip Glass © The Guardian

(Written on January 31, 2018 )

In today’s news: A peak into soprano Sonya Yoncheva’s life, songwriters’ court victory deals a blow to Spotify, David Taylor, CEO of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia makes Forbes list, violinist David Garrett cancels upcoming concerts due to injury, 2018 Grammys being the most political year yet, Taiwanese conductor Cheng Henry Hao-An wins the inaugural European Union Conducting Competition, Conductor Yoel Gamzou consolidates position in Bremen, swing legend and concentration camp survivor Coco Schumann passes away, Valery Gergiev to lead the Munich Philharmonic until 2025.

The Times

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva on falling in love in Berlin and life on tour

Plus, the opera singer reveals the secret to storing performance gowns and what music she likes to listen to.

Financial Times

Songwriters’ court victory deals a blow to Spotify

Decision to hand more streaming revenue to artists hurts music group ahead of listing.

Classical Music

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia CEO makes Forbes list

David Taylor, CEO of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, has been included on Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 list.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels five upcoming concerts due to slipped disc

Violinist pulls out of concerts in Parma, Graz, Lucerne, Kiev and Sofia to allow time for rest.

Voice of America

Music and Politics Mixed at Grammys

Politics took the stage at the 60th annual Grammy awards this year, along with some great music.

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Taiwanese wins first European Union Conducting Competition

Taiwanese conductor Cheng Henry Hao-An has won the First European Union Conducting Competition held in Pazardijk (Bulgaria).

Dirigent Yoel Gamzou festigt Position in Bremen

Der 1988 in Tel Aviv geborene israelisch-amerikanische Dirigent Yoel Gamzou, der seit Beginn dieser Spielzeit als Musikdirektor am Theater Bremen tätig ist, verlängert seinen Vertrag frühzeitig bis 2022.

Spiegel Online

Swing-Legende und KZ-Überlebender Coco Schumann ist tot

Er spielte um sein Leben: Als KZ-Häftling wirkte Coco Schumann in dem SS-Propagandafilm “Theresienstadt” mit – in Auschwitz musste er zur Unterhaltung der Nazi-Schergen “La Paloma” intonieren. Jetzt ist der Musiker in Berlin gestorben.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Valery Gergiev leitet bis 2025 die Münchner Philharmoniker

Die Stadt München und Chefdirigent Valery Gergiev sind sich dem Vernehmen nach über eine Vertragsverlängerung einig. So soll der Vertrag mit dem russischen Maestro bis zum Ende der Konzertsaison 2024/25 verlängert werden.

Klassik.com

Konzert Theater Bern mit positiver Jahresbilanz 2016/17

Die Spielzeit 2016/17 war laut Geschäftsbericht des Konzert Theater Bern die wirtschaftlich erfolgreichste Saison. Durch die Sanierung des Hauses bedingt war die Saison verkürzt und die Vorstellungszahl mit 404 niedriger als in der vorangegangenen Spielzeit (429 Vorstellungen).

Platea Magazine

El CNDM y el Ayuntamiento de Sevilla presentan la 35 edición del FeMÁs

El Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical y el Ayuntamiento de Sevilla han dado a conocer la programación de la 35 edición del FeMÁs (Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla).

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Music History @today_classical  in 1919 Death of Friedrich .

Sonya Yoncheva © Julian Hargreaves / Sony Music

 

(Written on January 30, 2018 )

In today’s news: Marin Alsop is the fist woman to become artistic director of top Vienna orchestra, Brexit as an opportunity for British orchestras to escape red tape and tax of Europe, Barbara Hannigan wins the Grammy for classical solo vocal album. Also, Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone and flooding in the Deutsche Oper. 

The Guardian

Marin Alsop appointed first female artistic director of top Vienna orchestra

The American conductor Marin Alsop has been appointed artistic director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first woman to take up the prestigious role.

The Telegraph

Brexit could be ‘opportunity’ for orchestras to escape EU red tape and re-engage with the world

Brexit could be an opportunity for British orchestras to escape “onerous” red tape and tax of Europe to re-engage with the rest of the world, the head of the London Philharmonic Orchestra has suggested.

BBC News

Should phones be banned at gigs?

Comedian Chris Rock has divided opinion after banning mobile phones on his tour.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee launches live music inquiry

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry into the economic, cultural and social benefits of live music.

Opera Now

Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has signed an exclusive, multi-album contract with Pentatone.

The Washington Post

Grammy Awards 2018: Complete winners list

The complete list of winners from the 60th Grammy Awards.

Los Angeles Times

Barbara Hannigan leads list of Grammy Awards’ classical winners

Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan won the Grammy for classical solo vocal album Sunday for “Crazy Girl Crazy.”

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Würzburger Theater wird für 65 Millionen Euro saniert und erweitert

Das Stadttheater in Würzburg soll in den kommenden fünf Jahren umfassend saniert und erweitert werden.

Deutsche Oper: Reinigungspersonal löste ungewollt Überschwemmung aus

Die Ursache für die Überschwemmung in der Deutschen Oper Berlin an Heiligabend ist geklärt: Personal der Reinigungsfirma habe ohne Absicht die Sprinkleranlage auf der Bühne in Gang gesetzt, teilte das Opernhaus am Freitag mit.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Nürnberg: 20 Entwürfe in der zweiten Phase des Architektenwettbewerbs

Der Architektenwettbewerb zum Bau eines neuen Konzerthauses in Nürnberg tritt in die nächste Phase. Nachdem bis Mitte Dezember 2017 245 Vorschläge bei der Jury des Wettbewerbs eingereicht worden waren, hat das Auswahlgremium unter Vorsitz des Architekten Amandus Sattler nun 20 Entwürfe für die zweite Phase des anonymisierten Wettbewerbs zugelassen.

Platea Magazine

La Sinfónica de Montreal ignoró las quejas de sus músicos sobre el comportamiento de Charles Dutoit 

Lo apunta la revista canadiense Le Devoir: como es bien sabido Charles Dutoit dejó la Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal en 2002 culpando a los músicos de su marcha.

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Image: Barbara Hannigan © Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images for NARAS

(Written on January 29, 2018 )

In today’s news: Big Noise children’s orchestra in Stirling faces ‘devastating’ cuts in new council budget and Men with high testosterone levels don’t like classical music, study claims. Also, Gasteig in Munich is about to move in 2020 and the composer Jesús Glück passed away at the age of 76 years.

The Herald

Big Noise children’s orchestra in Stirling faces ‘devastating’ cuts in new council budget

Children in one of the most deprived communities in Scotland face missing out on a pioneering music scheme after the council proposed to cut its funding by almost half.

Classic FM

Men with high testosterone levels don’t like classical music, study claims

Research from a Japanese university suggests there is a correlation between higher testosterone levels and a lower interest in classical music – but only in men.

Classical Music

NI arts cuts could be ‘final blow’

Northern Ireland’s arts budget is likely to be cut by over 8% in 2018/19, according to a statement released by campaign group Arts Matter NI.

Berlin Phil confers honorary membership on Mariss Jansons

The Berlin Philharmonic has welcomed Mariss Jansons as an honorary member to ‘express their gratitude for a long association’.

Music Business News

YouTube is paying artists’ promotion budgets… if they promise not to criticize YouTube, says report

YouTube is handing six-figure promotional budgets to artists – in exchange for a guarantee that these performers won’t publicly criticize the platform’s royalty payouts.

PC Gamer

Sometimes games are better without music

Ben Prunty, composer for FTL, begins his new column about music in games by writing about silence.

Concerti

Der Gasteig zieht 2020 um

Eine Generalsanierung des Gasteigs sorgt 2020 für einen Großumzug in München. Für voraussichtlich fünf Jahre werden die einzelnen Einrichtungen in den Stadtteil Sendling ausquartiert

nmz

60 000 Euro Kunstpreis für Berliner Vision String Quartet

Das Vision String Quartet aus Berlin erhält den mit 60 000 Euro dotierten Musikpreis der Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung.

Verfemte Musik: Ausstellung über verfolgte und ermordete Musiker

Mit einer Ausstellung will das Zentrum für verfemte Musik an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) Rostock die während der NS-Zeit verfolgten und ermordeten Musiker würdigen.

El País

Muere el compositor Jesús Glück, autor de las bandas sonoras de Garci

El músico valenciano, fallecido a los 76 años, era consejero de la Junta Directiva de SGAE desde 2012

france musique

France 2 révèle les conditions de travail parfois périlleuses des techniciens de l’Opéra de Paris

Les journalistes de l’Œil du 20 heures du journal de France 2 se sont procurés un document qui fait part des dangers auxquels peuvent être exposés les techniciens qui travaillent à l’Opéra de Paris.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical: in 1909 FP of Richard ‘ opera Elektra at the Hofoper in Dresden.

Kulturrat Österreich @kulturrat_oe: Neuerscheinung: Unselbstständig | Selbstständig | Erwerbslos. Studie zu Problemen von Kunstschaffenden in der sozialen Absicherung aus juristischer und sozialwissenschaftlicher Sicht.

Image: © Rhinegold Publishing

(Written on January 25, 2018 )